acclaim

verb
ac·​claim | \ ə-ˈklām How to pronounce acclaim (audio) \
acclaimed; acclaiming; acclaims

Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : applaud, praise Critics acclaimed her performance.
2 : to declare by acclamation was acclaimed president of the society

intransitive verb

: to shout praise or applause

acclaim

noun

Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of acclaiming
2 : praise, applause She deserves acclaim for all her charitable works.

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Other Words from acclaim

Verb

acclaimer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for acclaim

Synonyms: Verb

accredit, applaud, cheer, crack up, hail, laud, praise, salute, tout

Synonyms: Noun

accolade, applause, bay(s), credit, distinction, glory, homage, honor, kudos, laud, laurels, props [slang], réclame, sun

Antonyms: Verb

knock, pan, slam

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Examples of acclaim in a Sentence

Verb

The critics have acclaimed her performance. she has long been acclaimed by the critics for her realistic acting

Noun

Her performance in the ballet earned her critical acclaim. She deserves acclaim for all her charitable works.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Winstead, whose last movie turn was in the hit 10 Cloverfield Lane, is coming off a co-starring run in season three of FX’s acclaimed Fargo. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star Opposite Will Smith in 'Gemini Man' (Exclusive)," 16 Jan. 2018 The sometime Le Corbusier collaborator Paul Lester Wiener built a chic modernist glass-box house for her in Amagansett on Long Island that was much photographed and acclaimed. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Babs Simpson, a Former Vogue Editor Who Collaborated With Irving Penn, Has Died at 105," 7 Jan. 2019 Little Ting’s, though, is its most critically acclaimed get to date, a mom-and-pop dumpling house in Greenwood that through social-media has morphed from a modest neighborhood eatery to a dumpling destination. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "One of Seattle’s best dumpling restaurants comes to Bellevue," 16 July 2018 Designed by Funomena, a studio founded by two of the designers who helped build acclaimed indie game Journey, Luna was unlike any other VR game to date. Nick Statt, The Verge, "VR storybook game Luna is even more mesmerizing on Magic Leap’s headset," 18 Dec. 2018 Despite how beloved and critically acclaimed Gilmore Girls was, Palladino was never nominated for her work on that show, so this feels like a long time coming. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Is the Big Winner At The 2018 Emmys," 18 Sep. 2018 Now he’s in Korean director Lee Chang-dong’s moving, mysterious noir film Burning, which premiered to acclaim at Cannes this spring and subsequently played at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Steven Yeun on his new film Burning and his hopes for post-Crazy Rich Asians Hollywood," 31 Oct. 2018 And as for this list—its only qualifier is that these are the critically acclaimed, historically important, and pivotal films that a person who cares about film (and in doing so, often cares about humanity, in general) should really get to know. Vogue, "These Are the 66 Best Documentaries of All Time," 8 Aug. 2018 Bryce Dallas Howard and Jessica Chastain Both Bryce Dallas Howard and Jessica Chastain are acclaimed for their acting chops in dramas and action flicks alike, but that doesn't stop people from regularly confusing one for the other. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "16 Pairs of Celebrities Who Look Like Identical Twins," 3 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The first episode and its depiction of disability has so far been met with critical acclaim, as well as solid ratings for BBC America. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "'Doctor Who' Season 11 Is Revolutionary, and Not Just Because a Woman's In Charge," 10 Oct. 2018 The universal acclaim carried over to the Toronto International Film Festival, where the movie screened. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Watching Lady Gaga Cry While Receiving a Standing Ovation for A Star Is Born Will Wreck You," 11 Sep. 2018 Leading Cursed Child are members of the original London cast, who premiered the play to great acclaim in 2016. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," 23 Apr. 2018 In 1976 Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman won wide acclaim for their convincing portrayals of Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein without any effort whatever to replicate their appearance. Peter Funt, WSJ, "Hollywood’s Mimicry Can Miss the Point," 21 Feb. 2019 His performances have brought him much acclaim in the Scottish Premier League, winning young player of the year three years running. SI.com, "Interest Mounts in Highly-Rated Celtic Full-Back as Atletico Madrid Consider Swoop for United Target," 16 May 2018 Since 2000, Harth-Bedoya and the FWSO have released 13 recordings – with several being world premiere releases – garnering international acclaim. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "FWSO conductor Harth-Bedoya to step down as music director in 2020 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 10 May 2018 With your celebrity on the rise, enjoy the acclaim, fame, and extra cash coming your way. Teen Vogue, "This Week's Horoscopes: March 10 to 16," 11 Mar. 2019 After debuting The Golden Compass in 2007 to little acclaim, the entertainment industry is trying once again to adapt His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman's beloved fantasy trilogy. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The His Dark Materials Books Are Being Adapted into a TV Show. Here's Everything We Know.," 28 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of acclaim

Verb

1626, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acclaim

Verb

borrowed (with assimilation to claim entry 1) from Middle French & Latin; Middle French acclamer, borrowed from Latin acclāmāre "to shout (at or in reaction to), raise an outcry, shout approval," from ad- ad- + clāmāre "to shout" — more at claim entry 1

Noun

derivative of acclaim entry 1

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acclaim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to praise (someone or something) in a very strong and enthusiastic way

acclaim

noun

English Language Learners Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

: strong approval or praise

acclaim

verb
ac·​claim | \ ə-ˈklām How to pronounce acclaim (audio) \
acclaimed; acclaiming

Kids Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: praise entry 1 sense 1 The book was acclaimed by the critics.

acclaim

noun

Kids Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

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